Downtown Y Camps

Summer Day Camp at the Y provides a safe and fun place for campers to make friends, learn new skills, and stay active

With over 40 camps to choose from, we have something for every child’s interests. Summer Day Camp at the Y provides a safe and fun place for campers to make friends, learn new skills, and stay active. Throughout the summer, campers engage in value-based programs including swimming, sports, arts and crafts, team-building games, and more!


Hours Of Operation


*Unless otherwise noted, camp specific activities will occur from 9am-4pm.

Camp Weeks

Week 1 June 18 – June 22
Week 2 June 25 – June 29
Week 3 July 2 – July 6*
Week 4 July 9 – July 13
Week 5 July 16 – July 20
Week 6 July 23 – July 27
Week 7 July 30 – August 3
Week 8 August 6 – August 10
Week 9 August 13 – August 17
Week 10 August 20 – August 24
Week 11 August 27 – August 31

*Four day week for day camps; fees will be prorated.

Arts & Humanities

The Y’s arts and humanities programs help participants experience activities that foster self-expression and build self-esteem, developing imagination, critical thinking and valuable social skills. Exposure to the arts helps campers to develop progressive skills that allow us all to connect with and understand other people and express our ideas, while providing a unique entertainment experience.

Dance & Theater CampsImagination Station
Our dance and performing art camps will provide campers the opportunity to explore dance and theater from all angles including history, vocabulary, music, and performance. Parents will be invited to observe the last day of each week.

-Dance Exploration
-Musical Theater
This creative arts based camp is geared for campers who will construct projects and participate in imaginative activities centered on themes. Campers may take walking field trips. Campers also enjoy swimming and outdoor recreation.
Language Camps
Campers will have the opportunity to learn the basics of a new language including simple conversation skills, classroom vocabulary, colors, and numbers. Campers will also study culture, learn songs & dances, create arts & crafts, and make tasty treats. Language instruction is taught by native or fluent speakers. Language camps provide a strong foundation for the future study of foreign language.

-Sign Language


A comprehensive schedule of sports camps is offered to introduce campers to a wide variety of sports while having fun and meeting new friends! The schedule provides the opportunity to participate in a different sport each week. Better yet, our Sports Unlimited Camp will allow your child to experience many different sports within one week.

Campers will focus on shooting, dribbling, and passing skills through a variety of fun drills, "lead-up" games and mini-tournaments.Stunt, Jump, Cheer, Dance, and Tumble your way through Cheer Camp. Campers will build self-confidence, leadership, and teamwork while learning basic cheer skills.
Dodge BallFlag Football
Duck, Dive, and Dodge your way into this fun camp that plays a wide variety of dodge ball games as well as outdoor throwing and agility drills.Campers are introduced to basic skills and concepts of the game including running, catching, and throwing. They will also learn to execute plays while participating in an actual game setting.
Campers will learn basic golf skills in a fun camp where they will experience putting, driving, rules, etiquette, and safety using the First Tee curriculum. Campers visit a local golf course, Holly Hills Country Club located in Ijamsville, MD, twice during the week to put their skills in action on the professional links.Gymnasts of all abilities will enjoy learning and improving their skills on the vault, bars, beam, and floor exercise.
Bump, set, spike! Campers will improve basic volleyball skills through drills, games, and tournaments. Additional focus areas include teamwork & sportsmanship.Campers will develop character and self-confidence while learning discipline, stretching and fitness, balance and coordination, and the basic foundation needed for proper self-defense training.
This camp is a Kick! It's great for beginners and the soccer enthusiast looking to improve their foot skills, agility, and positioning. Campers will experience individualized player development within a team setting.Learn court awareness, make new friends, and have fun while improving footwork, tennis strokes, and agility. This camp takes place off-site and includes pool time each afternoon.
Indoor Sports UnlimitedOutdoor Sports Unlimited
So many sports -- so little time. A wide variety of sports will be played where each day is a different sport experience. Fitness, teamwork and fun are emphasized. Campers will meet in the gymnasium and play indoor based games.This camp has the same focus as Indoor Sports Unlimited. Campers will participate outside and concentrate on outdoor based games.


Develop a greater passion for the things you love, or try out something new at one of our specialty camps! Specialty camps are for campers looking for a week-long camp where they are able to focus on activities in a specific area. At each of our specialty camps, day campers still enjoy the flavor of traditional camp activities sprinkled throughout each day, with opportunities to develop in their specialized activity.

Campers will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about cooking and food preparation. Weekly themes will allow exploration of a variety of foods and cultures as well as etiquette, knife skills, and nutrition. Campers will experience a field trip to a local restaurant to work with the "pros" to create a food masterpiece. They will also spend time in the Y's Teaching Kitchen at the Bernard Brown Center on N Market St.The Y's fashion camp is designed for campers who would like to explore the world of fashion and discover their own individual style. Campers will have the opportunity to create unique outfits and participate in an end of the week fashion show. Price includes field trips to local establishments to help campers create their look and style!
Heroic AdventuresHorsemanship
Campers will unleash their creativity and work together to save the day. Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors.

Weekly Themes:
Week 2 - Secret Agent
Week 4 - Gladiator
Week 6 - Wild West
Week 8 - Superhero
Through a partnership with Feelgood Farm LLC, located in Tuscarora, MD, this camp provides kids with a well-rounded experience. From basic horsemanship and safety to technique and use of equipment, campers get the opportunity to experience it all. Throughout the week campers can expect to learn about grooming & tack, hike, partake in farm themed crafts and ride the horses!
Kids Unlimited
A wonderful summer camping experience serving children with special needs. Campers are divided into groups for age appropriate activities. Field trips are planned as well as inclusion opportunities with general Y camps. Transportation from the Downtown Y can be arranged through Kelly Presnell during registration, at an additional cost.
Computer Programming -
West Frederick Middle School
Science Surrounds Us -
West Frederick Middle School
Taking place at W. Frederick Middle School this summer, join us on an exploration of online programs that teach computer programming through fun interactive games. We will learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically!Taking place at W. Frederick Middle School this summer, this camp promises to make Science fun! Science camp will use guided discovery to help kids understand the science that "surrounds" us each and every day! Campers will conduct various STEAM activities and experiments throughout the week as well as take a field trip.
Viral Video - New Spire ArtsCircus Performance - New Spire Arts
Music videos are an exciting medium full of stylistic, expressive, and evocative possibilities for both aspiring and professional directors who want to play beyond the conventions of narrative film-making. With this in mind, the New Spire Arts has designed a unique summer camp taught by musical theatre and film maker experts. Viral Video campers will sing, dance, film, and edit to make a video! The curriculum is designed for people with little or no experience in making music videos.Become a spectacular, amazing, marvelous Circus Performer! Take your place in the center circle as you join the New Spire Arts Circus Performance camp. Camp days will be dedicated to physical warm-ups, acrobatic exercises, magic, theater games, introductions to juggling, gymnastics, clowning, tightrope walking, and other circus skills. Circus Performance teaches campers the benefits of hard work and self reliance. It is fantastic physical conditioning which is useful for dancers, gymnasts and sports enthusiasts of all kinds.


Our Excursion Camps help young campers grow spiritually, mentally and physically in a positive environment. Campers participate in fun, adventure-filled weekly activities (both indoor and outdoor) that promote personal growth and encourage children and teens to make friends, acquire new skills, develop values and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Teen TrekOutdoorsman
If your teenagers think that they are too old for summer camp, this camp is perfect for them. Teen Trek travels to a different location each day including theme parks, sporting events, pools and water parks, outdoor adventures, and so much more. Weekly price includes costs of admissions to daily excursions.Through a partnership with Thorpewood, this outdoor camp provides a wonderful opportunity for campers to experience the wonder and beauty of nature. Campers will go fishing, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, and so much more. Each week includes an optional overnight stay at YMCA Camp West Mar!


Children enrolled in our Traditional Summer Day Camp will not want the summer to end! There’ll be plenty of time to make new friends, sing, play, explore, learn, and laugh–all under the watchful eyes of fully-trained staff. Fun for kids, peace of mind for you.

Market StreetPreschool Adventure
This camp offers weekly theme based activities and campers participate in a wide variety of traditional camp activities including songs and games that they will play and sing for years to come. Market Street may take walking field trips. This camp has been a favorite of Y campers for years!A great first full-day camping experience for the younger camper. Campers will experience a full day of fun centered on weekly themes. Fun activities include arts and crafts, story time, outdoor adventures, water play and swimming. Children must be potty trained.

Preschool Adventure Camp will operate at Beth Sholom, across from the Y, only 6/18-8/17

Preschool Adventure Camp requires in-person registration at the Downtown Y with a Preschool Adventure Camp Registration Packet which includes a Parent Agreement, "Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care HEALTH INVENTORY" (Form #OCC 1215), Emergency Form, Discipline Policy, Permission Slip, and a Medication Authorization Form if necessary.

The Preschool Registration Packet can be found in the Camp Documents at the bottom of the page.
Mixing It Up! (Week 11)C.I.T. - Counselor In Training
In order to provide camp opportunities at the end of summer, we will offer a modified Day Camp at the Downtown Y during Week 11. Many of our summer camp staff are college students and return to school a few weeks prior to FCPS's first day back for the next school year. These changes will ensure that camp is still a safe and fun experience! The modifications will help us to comply with state mandated regulations regarding staff-to-child ratios.Interested in working with children? The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is designed to give teens the opportunity to gain valuable life skills through a work-like experience. The focus of the program is hands on learning, promoting teamwork, and providing a positive, safe, and fun camp atmosphere.

The CITs will participate in skill development and team building workshops, as well as spend time assisting camp counselors in a specific group as assigned by the camp director. The CIT will have opportunities to assist with the overall implementation of activities and supervision of campers, while maintaining a positive, encouraging, and motivation attitude towards all summer staff, campers and activities.

Individuals who wish to apply for the Counselor In Training program may download an application from the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

The deadline to submit a CIT application, for returning and new candidates, is March 31. CIT's will be chosen by April 30.

Camp Documents